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Running Wide Open (Full Throttle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Nowak
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Book Description

Book 1 in the Full Throttle Series

Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the inside of a combustion chamber, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust.

Named one of BookBub's "6 Seriously Awesome YA Books Even Adults Can Get Into."

“The roar of engines practically explodes off the page in this compelling, heart-thumping debut. Cody Everett is a straight-shooter with attitude, smarts, and whip-cracking wit; he doesn’t pull any punches, and neither does author Lisa Nowak. The collision of Cody and the world of stock car racing makes for a great story, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Running Wide Open is a book not to be missed.”

- Christine Fletcher, author of Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance

Product Details

  • File Size: 2352 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Webfoot Publishing; First edition (June 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054KNJ4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,380 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About So Much More Than Just a Boy August 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I rarely read books with male leads or narrators, but this one has a female mechanic in it so I decided to give it a go. Though it was a bit too much testosterone for me at times, it is an enjoyable read.

Cody is 15 and a juvie... and he is an ungrateful brat. I didn't like him at first.. but as the story unfolds, I could see WHY he is the way he is.. full of anger, insolent, disrespectful, ungrateful, bitter. His family has made him that way. His mother is a nightmare, his father a wuss, and his grandparents are no better. So when the you know what hits the fan, nobody wants him and he goes to live with his uncle, Race, who's very into stock car racing. (He's got the lady mechanic.)

Funny thing I noticed.. When Cody gets his life together, his mom decides she wants him back. Hmph.

I'm not going to go on and on about the plot, but I will say there is more to this than appears at first glance. It's the story of a boy and his teenage angst and anger (I did get a bit tired of this at times. Simply not my thing.) and about family learning to accept each other and also about admitting you love someone and even allowing yourself to love someone. And then there is a story of determination, an injured man who wants to race again.. It's about pulling yourself up from the dirt, brushing yourself off, and getting back on that horse.

Four stars. It was very well written and thought I didn't always like Cody and his attitude, I did appreciate his sarcasm and sense of humor. He's a funny kid.

Favorite quote: "Everyone makes a bad decision now and again. Only time it gets to be a problem is when you don't admit to it and set things right."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked June 6, 2012
By Recie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although I've never been interested in stock cars or racing, this book kept me reading all hours of the night. It also left me a great deal of respect and fair bit of knowledge about what goes on inside mechanic's garages. . and heads.
The characters moved out of the pages and into my life as I followed them through the book. I'll be in line for the next book in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running Wide Open is a Captivating Book For All August 11, 2011
By Cari J
Format:Kindle Edition
It doesn't matter if you are a racing fan or not, Running Wide Open will captivate you and capture your heart. Although the book is set in a racing mileu, the main story line is about a bond that forms and fluorishes between a rebellious teen nephew and his loving uncle. As a person who has grown up around racing, I can appreciate how the common interest in racing can draw otherwise very diverse groups of people into a very close and tight knit community. I highly recommend this book, and I am eagerly awaiting its sequel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such an emotional book! February 18, 2012
No one said being a teen is easy. Cody Everett is that one punk everyone remembers from high school as "trouble". That kid who sneaks out for a smoke, graffities buildings, and says things just to watch people squirm. Would you take him in after the police pull him over, again? I don't know if I would, yet that's exactly what his uncle Race does. After testing his uncle, multiple times, Cody begins to realize that maybe Race does care, and he starts to let down his guard. Then tragedy strikes, and Cody is left wondering why he ever bothers and thinking it might be time to just give up for good...

This book is an emotional rollercoaster. I start out thinking Cody is just some disrespectful punk who has some major anger issues, but now I am happy to say I was totally and completely wrong. Cody has baggage, sure, most of us do, and past experience definitely accounts for his trust issues. At the beginning of Running Wide Open, I want to smack Cody every time he`s rude or belittling to Race, but the more I read, I realize that it's his defense mechanism kicking in. Then, I (im)patiently wait in anticipation for that moment when he will cave in and completely trust Race.

Typically, I love books that have romance in them; they appeal to me as a teen and connect me to the story. Running Wide Open doesn't have any major romance. Actually, with Cody there is NONE. Truthfully though: I don't even notice. This book catches and holds my attention so well that I`m not even worrying about when or if a girl will come into Cody's life, I just want to see if he will unintentionally drink rotten milk again. Yeah, you read that right.

Running Wide Open is a MAJOR character-building book, and it ties me to the characters: all of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young man learns compassion, love and trust. September 19, 2012
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A recalcitrant young man, made cynical by parents that cared more about themselves than their son, finds guidance in an unlikely place. Forced to move in with his uncle, the main character (a 15 year old kid) discovers that regardless of how many of his old games he plays, he will be met only with understanding, respect and love. After a serious accident to the uncle, the young man realizes how important his uncle has become and how much his guidance has taught him.
A poignant tale of growing up and learning to trust. A very worthwhile book to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting to read a followup story. December 26, 2013
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Aimed at a teen reader but the characters will draw reader of any age into the story. Older reader might find it overly simplistic, as with most any book meant for teens, but still most likely will find themselves wanting to know what happens to the characters after the book ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Good story line. Needs a little work on making the characters more believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Quick Read
This was a nice read. I definitely came to like the characters and felt compelled to keep reading. I will definitely read the rest of the series and recommend to my teen son.
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More About the Author

In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.

Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she'd use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

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